Black Caiman

Black Caiman
The Black Caiman is one of the largest crocodilians known to man, some growing nearly 20 feet long by adulthood. Very similar to the American alligator, these carnivorous reptiles spend most of their lives in the freshwater habitats of South America, including the slow-moving rivers and streams of the Amazon basin. They have a bony ridge over the eyes, and black armored skin that distinguishes them from their reptilian relatives. Excellent swimmers, Black Caimans use their thick, powerful tails and webbed feet to propel themselves through the water.

Black Caimans are nocturnal hunters that target piranhas, catfish, birds, turtles, reptiles and Capybara, as well as larger mammals including deer, anacondas, jaguars and cougars. They snatch their prey with their sharp, long, conical set of nearly 75 teeth. There have been reports of Black Caimans attacking domestic animals and humans.


  • Agility: 6/10

  • Charisma: 2/10

  • Intelligence: 6/10

  • Speed: 6/10

  • Stamina: 6/10

  • Strength: 9/10

  • Wisdom: 5/10

  • TOTAL: 40/70
Strengths
Their size, acute sight and hearing, and extremely sharp teeth.

Weaknesses
Black Caimans lay between 15 and 40 eggs, but few will make it to adulthood, due primarily to other animals stealing their eggs.

Best Animals to Adapt With
The Black Caiman is one of the strongest animals in the rainforest, but not the most charismatic or wise. To make up for this, they should adapt with the knowledgeable Grey Mouse and the likable Poison Dart Frog.

Enemies
Many mammals prey on young Caimans, but once they grow a few feet long, only large anacondas and jaguars will target these ferocious reptiles. Mature Black Caimans have no natural predators except for man, who hunts them for their meat and skin.

Increasing Their Survival Rate
Black Caimans were nearly extinct until strict anti-hunting laws were instilled. However, poachers remain a threat and they are still considered endangered. By buying a product from the Save Your World project, you directly contribute to their efforts to secure rainforest habitats. Click here to learn more.

Image: Jason L. Buberal, photographer

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Folklore
In Native American folklore, the Black Caiman is revered for its power against witchcraft and poison. Their teeth were often worn as charms for protection. In Matthew Reilly’s Temple, the Black Caiman is mentioned for constantly eating people that fall in the water.